Wednesday, January 11, 2017

it's 2017

this space is becoming a different place for me.

it started as a place to share with my kids who I was as a person. they were babies. they only wanted my lap and my food. now that they are older, I try to do that every day as we walk through our days. I share my heart and tell them what God is teaching me. they still want my food ;-)

i'm also more and more protective of sharing about them. they are becoming their own people. it's not for me to share some of their stories. but i'm such an open, real person...that it feels almost dishonest to share some parts and not others. so it's tricky for me. i'm trying to figure it out. there's been some debate and conversation about ending it all together. time will tell.

I miss what it used to be. but life goes on and changes and I will, too.

so. it's 2017.

this year is a year of travel for us. we want to explore and GO! pat and I are turning 40 this spring and going on birthday trips. those details are still being ironed out. this summer, our family will go on a 2 week road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. the research and planning for that is one of the best parts for me. and this fall, Rebekah will turn 16. I've told the girls for YEARS that when they turn 16, the 3 of us (me, Rebekah and Bailey) will go to New York City. so we get to go this fall!! there will also be a couple beach trips this summer sprinkled in there. and we'll see what else I might be able to talk Pat into ;-)

Pat and I go on a date every Monday night. it's been this way for about a year. once our kids started staying up as late (or later!) as us, we had no time to really talk at home. so...we have to leave the house! most Monday nights, you will find us at Panera. Him with a hot tea and berry scone, me with a cold tea and one corner of his scone. he has this marked out in his calendar at work. EVERYONE knows. they know not to schedule meetings late on Monday afternoon. it means the world to me that he honors that time.

we are going to use the next few date nights to really talk through our kids and where we might need to change things. we have realized we're in one of those "cruise control" places and we need to re-evaluate some things. this whole technology/device era is something we're constantly trying to figure out and navigate well. any tips? argh!

for the last couple months, I've been reading Harry Potter to Lincoln, Sawyer and Levi on my bed before they go to bed. it's become such a sweet time for us all. simple. close. GOOD. we finished the first one over Christmas break and watched the movie. we just started the second one. there are illustrated versions of them now, so I get them that one to follow along with while I read. I already know those are some of the moments in life i'm always going to treasure. and we're only on book 2! :)

I don't really do new years resolutions. but I do have to admit to re-evaluating why I do things. and I've also been de-cluttering like crazy. even clearing off whole walls. makes me feel like I can breath more deeply!

do you do new years resolutions? do you write them down?

Sunday, December 25, 2016

the wait is over! He has come!!!

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is the Messiah, the Lord."

Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

we wait :: 24

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Jesus

Friday, December 23, 2016

we wait :: 23

"He comes vulnerable because He knows the only way to intimacy with you is through vulnerability with you. You can't get to intimacy except through the door of vulnerability. So God throws open the door of this world - and enters as a baby. As the most vulnerable imaginable. Because He wants unimaginable intimacy with you."

Ann Voskamp

Thursday, December 22, 2016

we wait :: 22

"And the good things in life are not so much health, but holiness; not so much riches in this world, but relationship with God; not so much our plans, but His presence - and He withholds no good things from us because the greatest things aren't ever things.

No matter the barrenness you feel, you can always have as much of Jesus as you want."

Ann Voskamp

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

we wait :: 21

"As the cold can move you deeper toward the fire, struggling can move you deeper toward God, who warms you with joy. Struggling can deepen joy."

Ann Voskamp

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

we wait :: 20

"It was not suddenly and unannounced that Jesus came into the world. He came into the world that had ben prepared for Him. The whole Old Testament is the story of a special preparation...Only when all was ready, only in the fullness of His time, did Jesus come."

Phillips Brooks